Honoring those we lost
London Through the Eyes of Pan Am 103 Victims

Returning home from a semester abroad, 35 Syracuse University students perished aboard Pan Am Flight 103. Before their death, they spent four months living in London, England. Explore the map below to learn more about their experience.

  • Tower Bridge

    The bridge, which is not the reference is the popular nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down," sits on the River Thames and is named so because of its proximity to the Tower of London. It was frequent for the students to take photos with the bridge in the background.

    Photo courtesy of Fotopedia

  • Buckingham Palace

    The palace, which is the official residence of the British Monarch, is a popular destination for those abroad as tourists or students. At the time of their semester in London, the 1988 students were witness to the same Monarch on the throne now, Queen Elizabeth II.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr

    Photo Courtesy of Flickr

  • Syracuse University in London, 1988

    While the location of the SU campus has changed since 1988, many hallmarks of the old location can still be seen such as students living in locations closer to where the old location used to be. Just to the west of Kensington Gardens in Notting Hill, there is a homely atmosphere all around.

    Photo courtesy of SU Abroad

  • Big Ben

    Officially called the "Elizabeth Tower" now to honor the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the great bell and clock of the tower sits next to Westminster Abbey and Parliament. This area of London is one of the most iconic in visuals and lore, and most of the students made note of visiting with many taking pictures.

    Photo courtesy of Jack Williams

  • Heathrow Airport

    The airport is a vital component when studying abroad. Almost all of the 1988 students took advantage of London's proximity to other European destinations by traveling and exploring new places. London also houses Stansted, Gatwick and Luton airports for many options to find cheap fares.

    Photo courtesy of Hugh Llewelyn/Flickr

  • TGI Friday's

    Sometimes you just need a good old fashioned American meal. While most students embraced integrating into a foreign culture, you can hardly blame some of them for wanting a piece of home everyone once in a while. This was a favorite stop of Turhan Ergin, and they ate here many times.

    Photo courtesy of Tomylees/Flickr

  • Home of Shannon Davis, Sandy Phillipps and Suzanne Miazaga

    Students lived all over London, and the flats became their home for the semester. Many lived in units in the same few buildings, enabling them to bond with their flatmates and other neighbors.

  • Student Flats

    Students lived all over London, and the flats became their homes for the semester. Many lived in units in the same few buildings and really bonded with their flatmates and other neighbors.

  • Student Flats

    Students lived all over London, and the flats became their home for the semester. Many lived in units in the same few buildings, enabling them to bond with their flatmates and other neighbors.

  • Hyde Park

    Some of the students used this sprawling London park to play football, American-style. While they received some interesting looks from English locals, it was a way for them to take advantage of the tight window of good weather during the fall.

  • Stratford Upon Avon

    The students frequently took day trips to further explore. One Friday, a group went to Stratford and had a great time wandering the area. They visited Shakespeare's home and even fed some ducks.

  • The Prince Albert

    It's wasn't all studying in London. Students loved to experience the London culture. They got fish and chips whereever they went. One of their favorite pubs, The Prince Albert, was just down the road from some of the students' flats.

  • Her Majesty's Theatre

    Several victims were in the SU theater program. They saw many shows in London, including The Phantom of the Opera, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Public. Some drama students even critiquied the shows and told their peers which shows to see.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr

  • Greenwich

    The students visited the Prime Meridian. A few did not really understand astronomy, so after they stood on the line they quickly left and went to lunch.

  • Abbey Road Studios

    The place of the iconic photograph of The Beatles crossing the street, many students recreated that image themselves. Steve Boland even chose London for study abroad because of The Beatles and made sure to visit Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, the Eleanor Rigby statue and, of course, the studios themselves.

Credits

Produced by Chloe Gersten, Trish Kilgannon, Diana Pearl and Jack Williams.

Quilt Photos by Lenny Christopher